The following is a guest post by Jim Masterson, author of How to Start a Dog Walking Business: Dog Walking Jobs For Fun and Profit.
Have you ever considered starting your very own dog walking business?
If so, you’re not alone, and the timing couldn’t be better for you. That’s because a dog walking business is one of the easiest “start-up” businesses around, and the demand for dog walking services today is trending to the moon.
In fact, becoming a professional dog walker is a terrific way to combine your love of dogs, the outdoors, and the opportunity for financial independence into a truly rewarding career! And if you have never imagined yourself as the owner of a successful dog walking business, this exciting new opportunity may be a perfect fit for you if you are:
- Out of work or under-employed
- Stuck in a job that you can’t stand
- Looking for a fresh and exciting opportunity
- Enjoy being outdoors and could use a little exercise
- Appreciate the company of dogs and other dog-lovers
- Wanting desperately to enjoy the freedom to finally “be you own boss”.
Here are just a few of the advantages to starting your very own professional dog walking service:
There’s BIG demand for dog walking services: The number of people searching for reliable dog walkers has never been higher, especially if you live in or near an urban area. For instance, a quick search of Google tells us that there are over 590 people are searching for dog walkers in Philadelphia online every month! You’ll find even more potential customers if you live near Chicago (with over 1900Google searches per month), and there are almost 4000 searches per month for dog walking services in New York City alone. The demand is phenomenal, and this means the opportunity for you is huge.
Flexible hours and high earning potential: One of the best things of being your own boss is the ability to set your own hours. Dog walking is by no means a “regular” 9-5 job. For example, starting your own dog walking business would allow you the time flexibility to see your kids on the bus in the morning, and see them off the bus when they arrive home from school. And in term of income, it’s possible to earn $50 per hour for your dog walking services, making it quite easy to create $1000/week paydays year-round. And if you choose to “go pro” and hire employees of your own, you can leverage their skills into a 6-figure a year business.
Fresh air and exercise await you. Believe me, as a professional dog walker, you will never have to worry about joining a health club, because you’ll be outside walking and enjoying the great outdoors . In fact, walking pooches for a living is a terrific way to get in shape and stay in shape! I absolutely love being able to walk dogs outside in the fresh air and sunshin, and you may too.
Hang out with dogs (of course!): Well, if you’re a regular reader of ThePhillyDog.com (like me), chances are you fall into this general category as well (lol!). Walking dogs is certainly one of the best ways to hang out with man’s best friend. You will be able to interact with breeds that you have never been introduced to before, each with their own distinct personality and character.
It’s a fantastic way to meet people. It’ s true… some of my best friends in the world I actually met at the local dog park, plastic baggie in hand! Dogs are the best social “buffers” around, and it’s very easy to approach somebody that you have never met before and make an introduction through your dogs! In fact, I know of at least 2 couples in my circle of doggie friends who met at the dog park (it’s even better than match.com!)
Starting a dog walking business is easy and rewarding in many ways, but of course it doesn’t happen without personal effort and commitment; and a little insider “know how”. At the end of the day, this is a business like anything other, and you must treat it as such in order for it to thrive.
You’ll also need to learn things like how to manage and promote your new business, how to find and interact with clients, and how to get your business found “online”, which the first stop for 78% of all pet owners looking for dog walking services.
Believe me, I made every mistake in the book when I started my own dog walking business, but there is no reason that YOU to have to start at the very bottom of the learning curve. That’s why I wrote this book for you! It’s called “How to Start a Dog Walking Business: Dog Walking Jobs For Fun and Profit”. And it’s the absolute quickest and easiest way for you to get the “insiders information” that you’ll need to get your new pet walking business up and running in no time flat.
Just CLICK HERE to have a look for yourself at Amazon.com. I’ve got handfuls of 5-star reviews for this 158 page “owner’s manual” of dog walking careers, and I would love to hear what you think as well!
Happy Holidays (and happy dog-walking!).